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Giving Thanks: The Great Midcentury Jazz Composers

Hosted by a member of the Beijing Music & Dance Group
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Took place 2 months ago
Fri 29 Nov 19:30 - 21:30

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Having paid tribute to the legendary Duke Ellington last Thanksgiving, the Protected content will take the opportunity this Thanksgiving to highlight the diverse contributions of a range of jazz composers in a variety of styles, from bebop to postbop. Beginning with key musical architects of the '40s and '50s, including Thelonious Monk, Dizzy Gillespie, and Benny Golson, this November's program will also survey the compositional advances made in the tumultuous '60s in America, when the language of jazz became more abstract and expressionist and transformed from a popular music to a hip, underground art music. Although most of the postbop era's key performances were originally done in the small-group format, we look forward to rendering these classic works with the rich orchestrational possibilities of the big band and paying tribute to jazz icons such as John Coltrane, Wayne Shorter, Herbie Hancock, and Chick Corea. In doing so, we give thanks to these visionary musicians who paved the way for the jazz of Protected content beyond.

Set list:
1. Round Midnight
2. Con Alma
3. Yes and No
4. My Ship
5. Stablemates
6. Toys
7. Windows
8. Moment's Notice